Our firm thrives on the interdisciplinary talents of our leadership. Hear from four of our principals. These principals embody our firm’s values and share a desire to push the firm forward.
Reflecting on our Roots
We are honored and humbled to be recognized by the AIA with the 2019 Architecture Firm Award. While this honor recognizes the firm we are today, it’s also a reflection of our history. Our roots extend back to 1932, when Fred Markus, an engineer, and Paul Nocka, an architect, founded Markus and Nocka, a small architecture practice in Boston that focused exclusively on hospital design.
It’s only through a thorough understanding of how buildings such as hospitals, laboratories and institutions function – and how their inhabitants use them, that we are able to propose new configurations of space and systems that permit people to heal, make discoveries and innovate.
Prosperous international practice
Our 30-year relationship with Aga Khan University been a cornerstone of the firm we are today, a firm recognized by the AIA with the 2019 Architecture Firm Award. We are proud of the legacy of work we have produced and continue to develop with the Aga Khan University – which was the first of many fruitful international relationships in our portfolio.
When we moved into our space on 290 Congress Street in 2011, our goal was to create a studio that reflected the way we work. An office that empowers collaborative inquiry, vigorous debate and the synthesis of the best ideas, irrespective of origin. Moving away from our previous six-floor office building with a series of isolated cubicles, today our single floor open studio fosters collaboration and cross-studio dialogue which not only improves our collective intelligence, but also improves the design and performance of our buildings.
reflecting on A’19 conference on architecture
This was an exciting year for our firm at 2019 AIA Conference on Architecture. As the 2019 Architecture Firm Award recipient, we are honored to be recognized and join a long history of prestigious, high-impact firms and celebrate this prestigious award with our colleagues.
an interdisciplinary design process
While we are primarily an architecture firm, we have always rejected singular authorship. We sat down with members of the Lafayette College Rockwell Integrated Sciences Center design team from our architecture, landscape architecture and building science departments to learn more about the design process.